Totaled or Lessons from a 91 Buick
How do you determine the value of a car? I checked websites and was prompted to answer questions like these:
- How old is the vehicle?
- Who is the manufacturer?
- What model?
- What engine?
- How many miles?
- What condition is it in? and even
- What color?
I wanted to calculate the monetary value of our old Buick, the car my dad saved up to buy many years ago and later gifted to us, the car my son drove to school and work, the car that was in an accident a few weeks ago.
The insurance company has calculated the car’s value and estimated the cost to repair. Just by looking, without careful computation of the old Buick’s worth, we all reached the same conclusion: it’s totaled. The cost to repair exceeds the value of the vehicle. The old Buick will be towed to a salvage yard, where its only worth is now is in the sale of salvageable parts or as scrap metal.
What is the value of an old car? Compared to the safety of my son and his passenger–not much. When I first got the call about the accident, I didn’t care about the condition of the vehicle. I wanted to know that the people in the car were all right.
Look at the birds of the air; . . . Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 NIV
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How do you determine the value of a person? If we examine ourselves, do we see missing headlights, rusted fenders, and cracked windshields? Are there too many miles on the odometer?
Whether we are damaged from accidents or the effects of aging in the elements, we may feel we’re only fit for the junkyard. We may think we’re totaled.
But when Jesus looks at us, He sees us at our showroom best. He sees what we could be–what we were meant to be from the beginning. We are a priceless car, one so valuable that it is worth any amount to restore. Our cost to repair never exceeds our value.
Restore us, O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3 NIV
We are worth the hours and years and even a lifetime of work required to restore us. We are worth all the effort and pain poured out to save us from the junkyard.
Jesus’ love is what makes us valuable.
Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost. Luke 19:9,10 MSG
And someday, when the final repair is done and the last bit of chrome is polished, we’ll be ready for the wedding feast!
Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! Revelation 19:9 NIV
Posted on November 20, 2015, in Devotional and tagged 1931 Model A Roadster, 1958 Volvo 444, 1991 Buick Park Ave., restore, totaled. Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.
Uplifting words and beautiful photos. Thank you.
Thank you for your encouragement! I will pass on the kind words about the photos to the photographer.
I love what you finished with the best, “And someday, when the final repair is done and the last bit of chrome is polished, we’ll be ready for the wedding feast!” Amen sister!!! So good! I found you at Thought Provoking Thursday!!! Many Blessings!
I’m happy to meet you, Johanna! I love the sense of joy in the “just married” photos. Someday we’ll be with Jesus forever!
As someone with a lot of miles on the odometer, I am looking forward to “showroom ready”. Thanks for the words you write, Connie.
Thanks for stopping by today, Carol! I am glad God is an expert restorer, too.
I’m so glad He sees me through His eyes of love!
Thanks for visiting, Rose. Yes, that’s a wonderful way to phrase it–Jesus sees through eyes of love.
Beautiful words about God’s love–we are never too broken, too damaged for Jesus to restore! This is the gospel message for the world.
Thank you, Carol! That’s good news for all of us!
I love the comparison you made here, Constance! And I adore the thought of Jesus seeing me as a shiny, valuable, brand-new showroom car 🙂 My husband and I drove away from our wedding ceremony in a car very much like your image above!
Thanks, Carrie! It’s so good to remember how Jesus does the impossible work of restoring our hearts and souls.
(Glad to jog happy memories of your wedding!)
Looking forward to that day! In the meantime, thanks for your efforts at bringing our hearts into alignment with God’s values!
Thanks, Michele! Yes, to see as God sees and value as God values!
Love your analogy and your pictures. I also love this statement. But when Jesus looks at us, He sees us at our showroom best. He sees what we could be–what we were meant to be from the beginning.
Thanks for linking to Word of God Speak.
Thanks, Janis! I’ll pass on the complement about the photos to the photographer.
Thanks for hosting the Word of God Speak link up.
Saw much of this.. the photos … that’s I’ve seen recently, in and around our nation. Sure grabbed my attention. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by, Joanne, and taking the time to comment.
Beautiful message and beautiful photos, Constance! What a blessing to visit with you today! Thanks so much for sharing! GOD bless you, Love! 🙂
Thanks for your encouragement, Tai! I’m glad you stopped by and took time to comment.
You are most welcome, Love! GOD bless you! 🙂
This was such a profound truth you have offered here… beautiful. This was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the message of hope you are sharing with us, “We are worth the hours and years and even a lifetime of work required to restore us. We are worth all the effort and pain poured out to save us from the junkyard.” Sometimes, we just realize that there are more than just quick fixes, but He is interested in the eternal changing. So good!
And glad to know that the priceless people were not harmed in the accident. 🙂
Thank you so much, Dawn, for your kinda and encouraging comment! Sometimes the restoration process is a little painful, but the end result is worth it.
Thanks for your concern for the two in the car accident!
Great post, Connie! Loved your analogy here – and so thankful your loved ones are safe!
Thanks, June, for stopping by to read and comment. Thanks for your concern!
Jesus’ love is what makes us valuable. Yes! This is a beautiful truth that we can depend on; it makes everything better when we believe it! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Lisa, for reading! Yes, I am so glad that our value comes from His infinite love not all the wrecks we’ve been through.
Such a beautiful analogy! Praising God that He sees as fearfully and wonderfully made! Those are words that I can wrap my brain around. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Thank you, Mary! Yes, I’m so thankful that God knows how to put me back together so I’m good as new (even if I won’t see all the restoration till heaven). I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving, too.
What a beautiful picture of God’s love for us, His Creation He yearns to redeem. Such beautiful truths that are so easy to stop believing, if we allow our past to determine our future, rather than our God. Thank you for linking this up to #TellHisStory. I’m so glad I got to read it.
And what a relief that only the car was damaged! Praise God for His Protection.
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment, Anna! I really like this phrase of yours, how we shouldn’t “allow our past to determine our future.” Instead we should allow God to do His restorative work.
I’m so glad your son and his friend wasn’t hurt! That car looks scary! And I love what you have gleaned here from this experience. So many days I feel like a wreck. I’m so grateful for the grace of Jesus Christ.
My son was able to walk away with very minor injuries. His friend walked in and out of the ER, although he was quite sore in places. We are thankful!
It is certainly the grace of God that keeps us from being declared “totaled.”
Lord Jesus, thank you for making me ready for the wedding feast! A beautiful reminder of our great worth in His eyes. I’m thankful your son had only minor injuries.
Thank you, Liz! I’m looking forward to being totally repaired and restored, too. Thanks for your kind words.